Officer back on duty after being struck by car

MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA9) -- A Manassas City police officer who was nearly killed when a texting driver hit her on a routine traffic stop has returned to work.

"It was July 13 around 9 a.m. when I made a traffic stop for a driver who was speeding," Officer Heather Munsterman said. Munsterman let the driver go with a warning after stopping the car at Route 28 and Phoenix Drive.

"I had turned back to walk back to my vehicle. That's the last thing I remember," Munsterman said.

The man who hit her, Alexander Bacon from Herndon, was texting. He avoided her cruiser and hit Munsterman head on. Bacon is now serving a year in jail.

There were a lot of witnesses that day, including people at the IHOP, drivers on Rt. 28.

It's been seven long months of healing, confined to a hospital bed and wheelchair, but now Munsterman is walking on her own again and back at work.

"I'm with your coworkers where I'm supposed to be, what I've been doing for 8 or 9 years. It makes me feel whole again," Munsterman said.

"Considering how bad she was injured, it's very nice to see one of your officers get back safely," Communications Supervisor Rob Weaver said.

Munsterman is on light desk duty but can't wait to get back to patrolling the streets of Manassas again.

"I enjoy keeping our community safe. I love being out there," Munsterman said.

Munsterman is now committed to bringing the message of distracted driving and to stop people from texting while driving.


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